Death of stockman highlights Stolen Wages scandal

This week, Gregory Dunn, an 88 year old Aboriginal man in northern Australia, died just days before he was due to tell his story to a Court about how the wages he earned working as a stockman had been stolen from him. His case is part of a landmark class action by 3,500 Indigenous Australians who are fighting the State government of Queensland for the wages they are owed over decades of work. The issue of Stolen Wages is a long running fight by Indigenous workers and solidarity labour activists, and is another example of the systematic dispossession and exploitation that Aboriginal people have endured since Australia was colonised in 1788.